Adfeld

Perhaps the oldest government in existence, Adfeld (“Ad’s Fields” in the elvish tongue) is a diverse nation of rolling hills, fertile wetlands, and deep forests that has prospered for millennia. Adfeldans value tradition, decorum, and loyalty, embodying the ideals of a halcyon age, leading many to label them as ‘old fashioned.’ Another key facet of Adfeldan society is their appreciation of culture - talented artists and performers are celebrated and encouraged to hone their craft to perfection, while legends of heroes and monsters are dutifully recorded and passed from one generation to the next.

Adhering to the old ways, Adfeldans typically believe that their favored deities, Kahra and Ahmdol, set the example for female and male behavior, respectively. A woman is expected to be diligent, resolute, modest (in deed, not dress), and knowledgeable, while a man is expected to be plucky, mirthful, shrewd, and creative. Similarly, it is commonly accepted that it is a woman’s right to rule the land (they may own property and hold office), and a man’s right to rule the sea (they may own and crew ships).

Though they lack the sheer numbers and robust military history of their southern neighbors, Adfeld has more than made up for this with their absolute dominance of the arcane arts, easily repelling Kenishk’s armies of invaders with enough magical power to outmatch them each time whilst jealously guarding the secrets to their success. Despite the heated rivalry between the two nations, Kenishkites are allowed to become Adfeldan citizens, and tieflings are guaranteed total equality and protection under the law (a policy that has stirred up no shortage of controversy over the years).

Culture

Appearance and Fashion

The typical Adfeldan appears fair-skinned or tanned, with a variety of hair colors ranging from platinum to chestnut to ebon. Their hair is either straight (in the north) or wavy (in southern regions). Short beards are common and particularly popular with humans and the concentrated gnome population.

Dress is typically modest and utilitarian, lacking in flair, and traditionally consists of linen or flax shirts, caps, trousers, skirts, robes, and dresses dyed in various colors. As a temperate land with warm summers and cool winters, outfits typically remain the same year-round, with the exception of light winter wear in the coldest months.

The most popular accessories are belts and cloaks of simple design.

Holidays